Monday, July 27, 2009

OBEY

A wealthy Fall River philanthropist recently commissioned artist Manny Souza to design a bumper sticker campaign that would capture Bob's Correia's tenure as Mayor.

(Click to enlarge and print)

You too can own your very own copy of this Manny Souza masterpiece entitled "Obey."

INSTRUCTIONS:
1.) Go to your nearest office superstore
2.) Purchase 8 1/2x11 sticker sheets (avery brand usually carries this product)
3.) Fill your printer with said sticker sheets
4.) Click on the above artwork
5.) Print (or save for posterity and then print)
6.) Adhere to your favorite surface (that you own of course)
7.) Stickers may be cut into individual pieces or used in whole sheets

Learn more about the artist

Shamrock says:
I expect to see this masterpiece on your cars!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Mayoral Candidate Bob Correia on Public Safety

just because we cant get someone to pickup the needles doesn't mean it affects public safety .....Bob Correia

video

Who (or what) is Chew?


If you haven't seen the "chew" graffiti tag in Fall River, there is a very good possibility your eyes are closed. Who is this? The graffiti is all over the place. Usually it just says "Chew" but this one was unique.

I first saw this particular "chew" on Wednesday July 22. I challenge the owner of this building at 10 Durfee Street to clean it up.

I blogged about the graffiti at this particular location in the past (all pictures except the billboard were from this location). Some anonymous commenters told me that none of it was gang graffiti. While I disagree that none of it is gang graffiti, I maintain that it is still a blight and it needs to be cleaned.

Who does the onus fall on when private property is vandalized with graffiti? Is it the property owner's responsibility to clean it up, despite the fact that they were the victims of a crime? While I don't think it is particularly fair to make the owner clean it up, who else should?

Graffiti breeds graffiti. If this particular owner had cleaned up the first few attempts, chances are the entire side of his building would not, now, be covered in graffiti.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Get rid of health insurance for part time employees

In a perfect world everyone would get free health insurance. Fall River is far from perfect and we cannot afford health insurance for part time employees, more specifically, the city council. When the city is currently cutting the health care (AND DENTAL!) benefits of full time employees, how (and why) can we continue to pay for part timers' insurance? The city spent approximately $25,000 this year on health care for the councilors take advantage of the benefit. While I know it isn't the absolute solution to the city's financial woes, it would help.

I have wanted, for quite some time, to get rid of health benefits for part time city employees. The fatal flaw, in my wish to get rid of health insurance for the part time city council, is that the part time city council would have to propose and/or vote on their benefits being taken away, and I can't see them ever agreeing to that.

I was quite pleased to read a press release from city council candidate, Eric Poulin, yesterday that articulated his desire to save money by getting rid of health insurance for city councilors. I hope some other candidates agree with this idea.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Corporal David Miller Receives Purple Heart and Bronze Star

"Let it be known that he who wears the military order of the purple heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen." ~George Washington, August 7, 1782

Corporal David Miller was posthumously awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star today, for his service to our country. In addition, Miller Green looks fantastic with a new flag pole flying the American and POW MIA flags, new flowers, and stonework.

Thank you to everyone who made this happen and thank you to everyone, past and present, who have served in the military, to protect our freedoms.